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charleyfarley 4:59 Tue Dec 22
Frederik Alves signed
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West Ham United to sign promising Danish defender Frederik Alves



West Ham United are pleased to announce that promising Denmark U21 international defender Frederik Alves has agreed to join the Club.

The 21-year-old will join the Hammers on 2 January 2021 for an undisclosed fee from Danish club Silkeborg, where he has spent the past three-and-a-half years and made 48 senior appearances.

The 6’2 centre-back has signed a contract with the Irons until the summer of 2024 and is looking forward to continuing his development in east London.

“I’m feeling very excited and I can’t wait to get started,” said Alves, who speaks fluent English, Danish and Brazilian Portuguese. “I was very excited to hear that a big team from the Premier League was interested and I’m very glad to be getting an opportunity at this Club.

“My plan is to join up and train with the squad in January and, from there, to work hard so that I can play with the first team.

“I have great respect for the senior defenders here and I am the young one, so I am going to learn as much as I can from them because they are more experienced and know how the Premier League works. I am here to learn.

“My style of play is that I’m a defender who likes to play with the ball at my feet, but I also like defending and am good in my duels. I try to be clever and not just use my power, but to think about how I’m going to win each duel.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and I’m ready to do the hard work, to learn and do everything I can to help the team.”

Born in the Copenhagen suburb of Hvidovre to a Brazilian mother and Danish father in November 1999, Alves spent time with his local club as a schoolboy.

In 2015, during a family holiday in Brazil, he trained with his cousins and was spotted by an agent, which led to a successful trial with leading club Coritiba.

“My mother is Brazilian and my father is Danish and I also have a bigger brother who was born in Brazil, so we have family over there,” he explained. “I started playing football in Denmark, then we used to go to Brazil on vacation once or twice every year, so to keep fit I played football with my cousins and friends at their team.

“An agent saw me, liked me and spoke with mother and agreed for me to go on trial with Coritiba. I passed the trial and it went well, so I played over there for two years before I came back to Denmark in the summer of 2017 and joined Silkeborg.”

After two years in South America, Alves returned home and joined Silkeborg, a club based in the centre of Denmark’s Jutlandic peninsula.

Having starred at U19 and reserve levels, his first-team debut arrived at the age of 18 in September 2018, when he started a Danish Cup tie against Næstved BK, and he has since made 50 senior appearances for the club.

“I’m 21 now and have played 50 games for Silkeborg over the last two-and-a-half years and it went very fast, to be honest, and now I’m here at West Ham!” he smiled.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Frederik to east London and wish him the very best for his career in Claret and Blue.

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Cheezey Bell-End 7:26 Sat Dec 26
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Looks ok on YouTube. A bit like Virgil v Dijk.
Tenacious.

daveyg 7:15 Sat Dec 26
Re: Frederik Alves signed
He looks like Ollie Watkins,who we should of bought.

Lertie Button 5:43 Fri Dec 25
Re: Frederik Alves signed
One in the image of Paul Hilton or Gary Strodder, a poor player in an even worse team - the old reverse physiology, and there was us thinking it was just us being cheapskates as usual

Side of Ham 9:50 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Yes, Moyes is well known for throwing in young centre backs with no experience of the league they are playing in.....

RichyP 9:48 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
We didn’t need cover which is another reason the Dawson deal was pointless, we needed someone to come in as first choice to play alongside Oggy because Diop and Balbuena werent good enough last season. As it’s turned out Balbuena has found his form this season but we still need a young CH who can be pushing for a start. Hopefully this Danish bloke fits the bill

Lee Trundle 9:35 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Cover? ZERO appearances in all competitions so far.

If you're talking about him being a seat cover, you may have a point.

Faux Bare 9:16 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Lee Trundle 12:47 Wed Dec 23

Ensuring that you have cover is hardly pointless.

Only pointless thing around here is you.

Sven Roeder 9:08 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Developing & finding young players is hard.
How many current Premier league centre halves were brought to that club under the age of 21 for nothing or small fees?

We now have him, Cardoso, Alese & Baptiste between 17 & 21.
If one makes it we’ve done well

PwoperNaughtyButNot 8:47 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Daniel Sjouland

The old c wing 8:21 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Our approach to u23 players is a bit scattergun isn’t it?

Another one to wait and see I suppose.

Interesting to see Martinez at Porto.

Lee Trundle 12:47 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
I agree ERN. Hopefully that's Dawson back to Watford in the New year. An utterly pointless signing.

AKA ERNIE 12:45 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Exactly the sort of player we should be signing rather than cunts like dawson

Sniper 12:40 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Good news

We needed some new bodies for the Stockport game, and nothing will induct a youngster into the team better than the crushing disappointment of a shock cup exit

Welcome!

Westham67 12:36 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Sydney_Iron 5:11 Wed Dec 23

Who was the wonder kid playing for us playing against the Gunners when we met up in Bangkok?

Manuel 12:32 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Trunds - As I assumed.

I don't get this signing, he is 21 not a kid. If he is nowhere near PL level now (per Moyes) how will he ever be?

Lee Trundle 11:01 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/anouar-el-mhassani/profil/spieler/533465

Lee Trundle 11:00 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
"What happened to the lad we signed from Ajax?"

Good memory.

After beating off the likes of Chelsea (yeah right) to sign him, he played a couple of years with the U18's/U23's, he signed for the UAE club Ajman Club (who?) on a free transfer a couple of months ago.

A big fanfare when he arrived, but nothing announced he'd left.

Haz 10:37 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
. . . are you Haller in disguise,
Are you Haller in disguise. . ?


Seriously tho, ill wait til I've seen him play before judging him. Good luck to the lad and welcome.

Not sure if this is the fabled next level but.

LeroysBoots 9:48 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Straight in the U23 team, never to be seen again, joining a long list of other foreign players

blueeyed.handsomeman 8:44 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
he needs to bing different qualities to the feast of outstanding young cedntral defenders on our books

Manuel 5:43 Wed Dec 23
Re: Frederik Alves signed
Have one of these type of signings ever worked out? I honestly can't even remember one.

What happened to the lad we signed from Ajax?

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